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Mission Program Grants


Grants are provided to participants in the 1001 New Worshiping Communities. We provide comprehensive materials to help you get started, which you can find here.

The New Worshiping Communities Seed Grant provides $10,000 to help start a 1001 community and supports the first year of ministry.

After the first year, the ministry can apply for an additional $30,000 Investment Grant which supports the next 18 months, followed by the possibility of a $30,000 Growth Grant.

Both the Investment and Growth grant require dollar matching from a mid-council, congregation or in-kind support.

All new worshiping community leaders are still eligible to apply for a Health Insurance Grant, worth $3,000 per year—twice renewable. Also, the Board of Pensions offers grants to support the evangelism efforts of presbyteries planting churches and cultivating new ministries by funding the enrollment of organizing pastors and evangelists in benefits through Pastor’s Participation. Please follow this link for further information.

If you are a worshiping community leader and have Federal student or parent loans, register at for a free, confidential assessment and coaching service with PeopleJoy. In 2022, PeopleJoy’s assistance resulted in an average of $59,000 per person in savings through lower payments and loan forgiveness.

Mission Program Grants also provides grants to presbyteries seeking continual congregational transformation— and the Sam & Helen R. Walton Award, given every March, to excellent new worshiping communities to help with capital expenses.

The Presbytery Grant for Congregational Transformation provides funding to Presbyteries that can help change congregations. Presbyteries may request a one-time grant of ordinarily up to $50,000.  The first year lump sum payment will be for up to $30,000 and assuming satisfactory progress has been made toward meeting stated goals; a second year lump sum payment of up to $20,000 will be disbursed.

Mission Program Grants Proposal Submission and Review Dates

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2024 Cut-off Dates for Receipt of Proposals


2024 Meeting/Review Date

January 24   February 28
March 8   April 16
April 26   June 7
June 21   July 31
August 9   September 12
September 30   October 21

* Tentative Face-to-Face Mission Development Resources Committee Meeting

The Sam & Helen R. Walton Award Nominations need to be filed for each nominee and received in the Office of Mission Program Grants by February 3, 2023.  The 2023 Mission Development Resources Committee Review Date will be March 9th.

If you have questions about whether you qualify or about other funding opportunities, please contact:

Chris Romine, Associate Director
Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries
Phone: 502-569-5099





Manual of Administrative Operations

A guide for applying for Mission Program Grants. Looking for the grant applications? You can find information and links to applications for the Seed Grant, Investment Grant, Growth Grant, Health Insurance Grant,… Read more »
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